The purpose of this study was to determine the current and projected staffing patterns for nursing personnel in Iowa’s hospitals and long term care facilities. Questionnaires were mailed to all hospitals and long term care facilities licensed in Iowa. Current information about employment trends for licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, nurse aides/orderlies, and medication aides was obtained to serve as a basis for planning and to provide current information to counselors, potential students, and the public. The findings of this study are in agreement with the Report of the 1986 National Hospital Nursing Supply Survey as well as other recent reports that reveal our health care delivery system again faces a shortage of nursing personnel.



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